Friday, July 1, 2016

LGBTQ Movies


With this post I thought that instead of just recommending music and books, I would also make a list of films.  Visual stories are just as powerful as written ones.  Who has not connected with a character on screen?  Even at their most vulnerable of moments?

There are so many LGBTQ themed films now from all over the world that there is definitely a lot to choose from.  I narrowed my list down to 7 exciting items but feel free to comment and tell me about other films you loved.



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Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Two drag queens and a transgender woman travel across desert roads in Australia to perform their drag act at a faraway resort and casino.

Aside:  This movie is brilliant.  Funny, emotional, scary and powerful.  It has it all.  It is also just about people who are proud to be who they are and live it.  A great Australian film, one of many.

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Shelter

Zach works to make ends meet and takes care of his nephew in the place of his sister.  He is used to not getting what he wants.  So he works, surfs and creates the art he loves. 

Until Shaun arrives and challenges everything Zack expects from life, love and family.

Aside:  This movie is one of my favorites.  It is such a sweet and romantic movie. Nothing feels really cliche or ridiculous.  It feels like it could be a genuine story.

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Were the World Mine

A bullied gay teen discovers the recipe for creating a magical flower from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.  He decides to use it on the people in his town so that they can understand how he feels.

Aside:  This one is another favorite.  Partly because the story idea is fun and partly because there is some Shakespeare in it.  Also, the music is really quite good.  It's such a charming movie.

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Pariah

Alike is a 17-year-old girl living in Brooklyn and coming to terms with the fact that she is a lesbian.  Trying to keep her family happy, Alike struggles to embrace who she is.

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Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho 
(translation: Today I Want to Go Home Alone)

Leonardo, a blind teenager, struggles for independence in a world that treats him with too much care.  Everything changes when Gabriel, a new boy, takes a seat behind Leonardo in his class.

Aside: This film is Brazilian and after watching Gaycation and seeing the hardships many people from the LGBTQ community face there, this positive and sweet story is even more important.

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Fire

Sita marries into a hopeless situation.  Overworked, ignored and lonely, she longs for a better life.  The only happiness she feels is when she is with Randha, her sister in-law. Randha understands everything she feels and desires.

Soon they find solace in each other and a love that they always hoped for.

Aside:  This film is a little dated but it is still so relevant.  It sparked protests that called for equality and freedom of expression In India. It faced censorship boards and riots.  It deserves an audience if only for its determination to tell this important story.

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Tomboy

A family moves into a new neighborhood in Paris. When meeting and making new friends, 10-year-old Laure tells everyone that his name is Mikael.

Aside:  This is a French film.  Do not let that deter you.  It has a lot to say about gender and a person's exploration of it.  


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The song I am recommending in this post is Girls like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko.  The music video has a very teen indie movie feel to it that I really love.  Also, the artist is an out and proud bisexual.  She is one to watch.

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